Close to nature, yourself and Sámi culture.
Iellema gærdda - The circle of life
The circle of life is a term for indigenous peoples' view of life. Translated into Lule Sámi, it becomes - Iellema gærdda - Life's reindeer garden.
Indigenous peoples' spirituality has traditionally been ecocentric. This means that nature has always been at the center of our spiritual traditions. In our understanding of the world, man is an integral part of nature, with a personal relationship to everything that lives and is there. All our relationships in Iellema gærdda should be characterized by balance and reciprocity. And like other indigenous peoples, we Sámi also have a spiritual language - stories and rituals - for personal interaction with nature.
Through our Sami stories - from pre-Christian times to today - we guide you into the Iellema gærdda. You get to visit the places for the stories and experience how the stories inspire and guides us in all our relationships.
Here you also get forestbathing - bath with all the senses in what you feel, see, hear, taste and smell in nature during our trips in the forest and through the lavvo at night.
Research shows that even with short walks in the woods, we can achieve health benefits such as reducing stress, boosting the immune system, improving mental health and strengthening our cognitive abilities.
On arrival at Sámi Safari Camp you will be served dried reindeer meat and something good to drink. Then there will be a 3-course meal served as a food-walk around the camp. The starter is served under the slahpa down by the fjord. And then the main course is served up in the large lavvo. We serve the dessert by the fire in the traditionally decorated lavvo together with campfire-coffee and local Sámi stories.
And when the night creeps in, we'll take you out on a quiet walk to visit the places of the stories we shared by the fire.
Back at the camp again, we'll drift to sleep in soft beds in the two-person lavvos, where wooden stoves will keep us warm throughout the night - even when it's cold outside.
The next morning we'll put a basket of coffee on the stairs to your sleeping lavvo so that you can drink morning coffee in bed or out on the lavvo stairs.
Breakfast is served in the large lavvo along with fresh new stories. And after a few hours of free time, we'll walk out into the forest to visit the places of the stories. Then we serve lunch in the old house where we'll recount tales of our ancestors' bear hunts.
And then we'll drive you back to Helland marina.
We use the entire camp and the surrounding area when serving food and drink. The food we serve is inspired by our upbringing, Sami cuisine and based on local ingredients. We can also offer vegetarian diet. We do not offer any other special diets.
Price: No.Kr. 4,000 / pers
Youth 13-17 years: 75%
Children 6-13 years: 50%
Children> 6 years: Free
- Boat trip Helland marina - Sámi Safari Camp t.r.
- Lavvo glamping (board and lodging)
- Forest bathing
- Sami local stories
Experience: Adventure stays
Best suited for: Adults who want to strengthen their relationship with nature.
Level: Intermediate, must be able to go shorter walks in rough terrain around the camp.
Duration: 1 day
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HOW TO GET HERE?
Travel by train to Fauske or by plane to Bodø airport, and then by bus or rental car to Helland marina in Hamarøy where we pick you up by boat.
Travel by train to Narvik or by plane to Harstad-Narvik airport, and then by bus or rental car to Helland marina in Hamarøy where we will pick you up by boat.
IF SOMEONE GETS SICK
I am a trained anesthesia nurse with work experience from emergency department, ambulance and ambulance helicopter. And we have first aid equipment and GPS for contact with AMK at the camp.
Infection control measures
At Sámi Safari Camp we accept a maximum of 6 adult guests at any one time.
Transport, preparation and serving of food, activities and accommodation have been updated and quality assured in accordance with current legislation and current COVID 19 measures.